Stockton is a city of Potential
Amongst our local business community, developers and stakeholders, we have the resources needed to make Stockton a magnet for doing business, despite business killing laws coming out of Sacramento. Stockton needs to be the counterbalance to California’s poor policies, while ensuring our city government is as efficient as possible and becomes a helpful pathway to those that want to start a small business. Also, as the heart of a multi-billion-dollar Ag industry that employs so many in our community, we need to be a great neighbor in bolstering our local Ag economy.

Our local nonprofit and private sectors partners are fundamental to ensuring our promise to Stockton residents. We need to engage, resource and empower them by leveraging best practices and making our city government more efficient.

Stockton is a city of Promise
With over 22% of Stockton’s residents living at or under the poverty line, we must address a litany of issues the State of California has neglected. This includes skyrocketing housing costs, unemployment rates that are higher than the national average and a large homeless population.

While many local leaders have been hard at work on these issues, the implementation of programs and strategies needs to come quicker. I understand government bureaucracy moves at a snail’s pace, however we can’t afford to wait. We must find ways to make local government more efficient, while impressing upon the state and federal government their need to ACT NOW!

While government solutions will help mitigate these issues, the answers are inevitably with us. We must partner with the private sector and our non-profits to provide rehabilitation programs, sober living environments and emergency homeless shelters, while creating affordable housing solutions for low- and middle-income families.

Stockton is a city of Hope
We need to build coalitions and committees of residents, giving them the opportunity to drive the change needed to move Stockton forward. It is time to return the city back to the people and give them their voice again. If we work together, we can do great things.

Non-profit and faith-based organizations need to be empowered to address the ills of our city, including humanitarian issues, homelessness, drug abuse and sex trafficking. We need to become a city where small businesses thrive, creating opportunities for our residents to elevate them themselves out of poverty.

Our hope does not lie in a Mayor or City Council. Hope springs from our hearts and our innate need to create a better home for our families and serve others.

Stockton is a city of Healing
A city of factions, Stockton residents need to unite behind the common goal of healing our city. We need to find a common denominator and work towards it. While we are a diverse city, with different needs and wants, we can all agree a thriving and safe Stockton is good for all of us.

City government can lead by example by building trust with Stockton residents through transparency, accountability initiatives and open communication. We can also improve community relations with law enforcement through open forums, business sponsored events with residents and Stockton Police Officers, and law enforcement appreciation events, acknowledging the work they do to protect our community.

Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.” My plan is to launch a #STOCKTONGIVESBACK initiative where city government, nonprofit, and the private sector reinvest in Stockton through collaborative volunteer initiatives that target some of the most underserved areas in our community.

We must start showing others that we care before we can start healing as a city.